Isla is already 6 weeks old so we thought it was about time to go on her first adventure! We were invited for a wonderful Sunday Roast at Mike & Natalie’s with lovely friends Bronia, Terrence & their gorgeous 18 month old, Freddy. After a truly delicious lunch we made our way over to Ruislip Lido Railway; pretending it was all for Freddy & Isla but secretly rather excited to ride the train ourselves!
The Ruislip Lido Railway is a 12 inch gauge railway operated entirely by volunteers. The line runs through the woodlands skirting the lake from Woody Bay Station beside the beach, all the way round to Willow Lawn Station which is close to the car park. Here you can watch the loco being turned on the turntable ready for the return journey.
Tickets are £3.00 for an Adult Return, £2.50 for Children & Under 3’s go free.
We piled into the carriages & eagerly awaited the word from the driver that we were about to begin our journey through the forest!
Passing another train that had stopped to refuel, naturally the whole train broke out into excited waves to the driver, who dutifully waved back to every child (and over excited adult!).
Pulling into the station we collected our pram – on the rather convenient buggy carriage – and made our way over to inspect the trains further. Luckily we had managed to visit on their open day so got to get up close and personal with these wonderful machines.
The youngest ever train driver…? (Don’t worry, Daddy was holding her safely in the chair!)
After we had pressed every button & explored every train, we went for a walk across the sand and over to the park so Freddy could try out some of the slides. Isla picked out her favourite for next time, when she’s a little bigger!
There really is something so magical about these trains & the golden leaves falling from the trees added to the whole glorious scene.
Back on the train & ready to go!
Choo Choo, Freddy!
This next picture is by far my favourite picture of Isla so far… Absolutely hilarious. And despite what it suggests the train really wasn’t going particularly fast!
A successful first adventure, and one I look forward to repeating when she’s old enough to explore the trains with the same adorable curiosity as Freddy!
If you are looking for a lovely outdoor adventure with your little ones this half term, I highly recommend it for all ages. There is a cafe by the beach & a little shop to buy drinks and snacks at the entrance. The toilet facilities are a bit bleak & I changed Isla in the back of the car instead of braving the nappy change.
Family Friendly – 10/10
Toilets – 1/10
Nappy Change – 1/10
Food – We didn’t try it but looked like they had lots of offer.
For more information on how to find them, timetables & their special rides with Santa just click here.
My favourite excuse to dress up and eat too much candy is almost here! The UK is slowly but surely getting the hang of Halloween with costumes available cheaply at the super markets (Asda are killing it this year!) and on the high street! I’ve pulled together some of the cutest for your little ones with every budget in mind!
If you need me, I’ll be trying to fit into that amazing unicorn costume…
- Marvel Captain America Fancy Dress Costume – George at Asda – £12.50.
- Darth Vader Light-Up Costume For Kids – Disney Store – £26.96
- Buzz Lightyear Light-Up Costume For Kids – Disney Store – £30.95
- Frozen Elsa Singing Costume Dress For Kids – Disney Store – £35.95.
- Baby Shark Dress Up Costume – Time To Dress Up – £45.00.
- Dumbo Baby Costume Body Suit – Disney Store – £12.95.
- Baby’s Peacock Dress Up Costume – Time To Dress Up – £45.00.
- Clown Dressing Up Costume – George at Asda – £8.00.
- Alice in Wonderland Baby Costume Body Suit – Disney Store – £12.95.
- Children’s Ride In Dinosaur Costume – Time To Dress Up – £38.00.
- Babies Plush Spider Halloween Costume – Amazon – £8.99.
- Children’s Ride On Unicorn Dress Up Costume – Time To Dress Up – £32.50.
Remember to stay safe on Halloween, don’t allow children to carve pumpkins or trick or treat un-supervised & always check that you are buying a fire safe costume from a reputable establishment. Be wary of costumes that may contain choking hazards for little ones.
I can’t believe Isla is already 1 month old and growing beautifully at 9lbs 3oz! Our sweet girl loves cuddles, beating up a crocodile on her play mat and her aden + anais kimonos! Still not such a fan of the bath and sleeping without Mummy & Daddy but getting better every day! 😉
Pregnancy is a journey that can be truly a incredible and beautiful time; bringing new life into this world, it really is amazing what your body can do. But what if the journey is not what you thought it would be? What if you just don’t feel glowing and special like you’re constantly TOLD you are supposed to?
When people asked me how I was doing? I lied. Every time. I told them, ‘Oh you know, doing great.’ or just dodged the question. And why? Because I felt this unbelievable guilt for NOT loving it. And not even just a little – quite frankly I hated almost every second. Don’t get me wrong, I felt incredibly lucky and grateful for getting pregnant so easily, but should I just put a brave face on through all the
morning all day sickness, or the fact that my hip problems got so bad I could barely walk by the end & my partner had to lift me out of bed?
It’s just not something that we are allowed to be honest about. For the first time I find myself relating to Kim Kardashian West (something I never thought I’d write!), she has an incredible platform to voice her opinion and in a new post on her blog announced, “For me, pregnancy is the worst experience of my life!” I read this and thought FINALLY, someone was brave enough to just say it. I can only imagine the backlash she is getting, but why? Motherhood is wonderful but life shouldn’t always been seen through Instagram filtered perfection. She continues with fervour: “I don’t enjoy one moment of it and I don’t understand people who enjoy it. Maybe it’s the swelling, the backaches, or just the complete mindfuck of how your body expands and nothing fits. I just always feel like I’m not in my own skin. . . . I don’t feel sexy either—I feel insecure and most of the time I just feel gross.”
So many other mothers have said to me, ‘Oh I had the perfect pregnancy.’ and I can’t help but feel incredibly jealous. I wanted that – so badly. I wanted to get over my morning sickness and start glowing but that never happened for me. I trawled the internet for other mums’ feeling the same but I couldn’t find anyone willing to just come out and say it how it was. I had no idea that you get a new set of symptoms every two weeks – you just start to learn how to deal with them and a whole new batch arrive for you to figure out. Or the fact that you bleed for weeks after giving birth – or how long it will take you to even START to feel like yourself again. Joy of joys!!! Maybe if someone had come out and said it, I would have been more prepared for what I was heading into?
But you know what, the second she arrived, none of this mattered anymore. I finally got that glowing feeling that I’d been looking for when I held my beautiful baby girl.
I just want to be allowed to say, honestly, how I felt during pregnancy without fearing a pitch fork carrying mob! Maybe Kim’s brave declaration is the catalyst for many women to feel able to be honest about how they are really feeling, which I think can only be a good thing.
What do you think? Please do share your pregnancy experiences good, bad or ugly in the comments below..!
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